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Photos: Here’s how Europe is dealing with extreme heat

LONDON — “BRITAIN IS MELTING,” one front page here read Tuesday as record heat and raging wildfires in France and Spain brought the toll of extreme temperatures up close for many Europeans.

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In Britain, schools closed and subway authorities urged commuters to shelter at home as the weather service announced that Monday night was the country’s warmest night on record and Tuesday its hottest day.

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July 19 | Chatelet, Belgium

A nurse refreshes a resident of a nursing home with a water spray.

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STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

July 19 | Chatelet, Belgium

A nurse refreshes a nursing home resident with a water spray.

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STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

July 19 | Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Residents of a care home sit with their feet in a swimming pool to cool off.

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Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

July 19 | Amsterdam

As the Dutch capital baked in the heat, municipal workers sprayed the metal parts of canal bridges with water to prevent the metal from expanding, jamming the bridges in the lowered position and blocking boat traffic.

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Peter Dejong/AP

July 19 | Rome

Tourists sit in the shade of umbrellas, under jets of water mist, at an open-air restaurant.

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Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

July 19 | Frankfurt

A woman fans herself in the shade of a tree in Opera Square.

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Arne Dedert/AP

July 19 | Nyon, Switzerland

A woman cools off in a water fountain.

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Laurent Gillieron/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

July 19 | St Albans, Britain

Children play in the River Ver.

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Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

July 19 | Rome

A brown bear eats ice treats with fruits and vegetables at Rome Zoo.

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Yara Nardi/Reuters

July 19 | Rome

Tourists cool off and drink from a fountain in front of the Pantheon.

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Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

July 19 | Brussels

A boy refreshes himself in a fountain during hot weather.

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Yves Herman/Reuters

July 19 | London

Members of an Australian cabaret and circus troupe cool down in a fountain.

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Frank Augstein/AP

July 19 | London

People cover their heads to shelter from the sun as they walk past the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.

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Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

July 19 | London

A lifeguard drinks water as people swim in the Serpentine during hot weather in Hyde Park.

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TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

July 19 | Farnborough, England

An ice cream van draws customers at the Farnborough Air Show fair.

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Alberto Pezzali/AP

July 19 | London

An ice cream vendor uses a bottle of water to cool down.

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TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS

July 19 | Zamora, Spain

Residents shelter at an evacuation center as wildfires burn in the province of Zamora during the second heat wave of the year.

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ISABEL INFANTES/REUTERS

July 18 | Madrid

Sheltering from the sun on a hot day.

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Manu Fernandez/AP

July 18 | Madrid

A road worker stops to take a drink of water.

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Paul White/AP

July 18 | London

A police officer gives water to a British soldier of the Household Division who is wearing the traditional bearskin hat of his unit while on guard duty outside Buckingham Palace.

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Matt Dunham/AP

July 18 | London

A police horse slakes its thirst in the heat.

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NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockL

July 18 | Barcelona

Paramedics help a patient into an ambulance during a heat wave.

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Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

July 18 | Manchester, England

Belgian fans in the stands shade themselves from the sun while waiting for the start of the Women Euro 2022 group D soccer match between Italy and Belgium at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

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Jon Super/AP

July 18 | Cologne

A man and his son cool down.

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INA FASSBENDER/Getty Images

July 18 | Nijmegen, Netherlands

A man drinks from a public tap.

PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW/REUTERS

PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW/REUTERS

July 18 | London

A pedestrian shelters in a shaded nook of the Bank of England building.

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Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

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Credits

Photo editing and production by Troy Witcher; Text by Ellen Francis and Annabelle Timsit